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BrookymanApril 14th, 2013, 4:00 am
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E-13 Dark Hendrickson subvaria ?????
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LastchanceApril 14th, 2013, 7:27 am
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This is not a smart ass reply, but a serious question. What color is the bug on the side the trout sees? That is what is most important. I was fishing some olives last weekend and realized the bugs I tied were darker than the underneath side of the actual fly. They caught fish, but I think I did much better the next day when I went to a lighter colored dubbing. The fish only sees the part sitting on the water and it seem it's always lighter.
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BrookymanApril 14th, 2013, 11:48 am
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Hi Bruce

These guys caught me off guard. I hatched them in my fish tank. Funny
I thought they were all dead. I am work on getting all angels I just
wasn't ready. I have an underside photo of this one and thought I loaded
it so I will now.


Mack.
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EntomanApril 14th, 2013, 4:05 pm
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Mack - Looks like. Notice those upper facets in the 5th photo? I think those are your eyelids in the nymphs.

Bruce - I wrestle with that as well and I'm not sure there is a clear cut answer. I do know that when there's a really strong contrast between dorsal and ventral that meeting somewhere in the middle is usually best. Many duns are so light underneath that an off-white color would be the best match. The problem is that color usually don't work as well, especially in gentle water. I think the reason is because the fish can see the critter's dorsal colors, at least in lateral aspect. I also suspect strong backlight can blend the colors somewhat as light passes through the bug.
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BrookymanApril 14th, 2013, 5:02 pm
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I use allot of cream-pale yellow for most of mine duns. I generally only get to fish the spinner falls. Most streams I fish are very tiny native brook trout only stream. hatches are always sparse no matter what specie. The spinner fall is often better than the hatch because of mating there is a highly concentrated number of them which is less work for the fish.
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BrookymanApril 14th, 2013, 5:05 pm
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YUP they are the adult male eyes coming in. I have now seen them on
subvaria invaria former rotunda. it make the most sense that
thats what they are.
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